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Archives for June 2012

Legislation Co-Authored By South Coast Congresswoman Seeks To Provide New Protection For Organic Food Status

Fri, June 22, 2012

A South Coast congresswoman is co-authoring proposed legislation seeking to provide new insurance that food sold as organic meets that labelling. Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara, and Republican Congressman Richard Hanna of New York introduced the Organic Standards Protection Act. Capps says if it becomes law, it would grant the U.S. Department of Read the Rest…


Ventura County Foodbank Teams Up With Harvesting Organization To Try To Increase Food Supply For Those In Need

Fri, June 22, 2012

Ventura County’s largest food bank has joined forces with a food harvesting organization, to try to increase the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables it has available to distribute. FOOD Share teamed up with Los Angeles based Food Forward, with volunteers from both groups teaming up to harvest extra produce from neighborhoods, public spaces and Read the Rest…


National Olympics Preview Television Show Produced In Westlake Village

Thu, June 21, 2012

The start of the 2012 London Summer Olympics is now just a few weeks away, and no one is more aware of that then dozens of people working in a little known television studio complex in Ventura County. The state of the art facility just off the 101 Freeway in Westlake Village is home to Read the Rest…


New Study Looks At Immigrant Role In California, Santa Barbara County Economies

Thu, June 21, 2012

A just released USC study says that nearly a quarter of the state’s population are immigrants, and make up a third of the state’s labor force. The California Immigrant Policy Center released the study, which included statewide statistics, as well as data from six counties, including Santa Barbara County. The report says 23% of Santa Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Police Officer Suffers Fractured Arm In Scuffle With Teen Trying To Escape Arrest

Thu, June 21, 2012

A Simi Valley Police officer suffered a fractured arm when a teenage boy they had taken to a hospital following a domestic dispute became violent, and escaped. Police had been called to a home on the 3200 block of Waco Avenue around 11:30 Wednesday morning, over reports of a family dispute. Following a scuffle, they Read the Rest…


Oxnard Man Ruled Incompetent To Stand Trial For Shootout With Law Enforcement Officers

Thu, June 21, 2012

A man involved in a shootout with authorities in Ventura County has been ruled incompetent to stand trail, and is being sent to a state mental hospital. Augustin Medina was involved in a domestic violence incident last October in Oxnard. It led to a chase on the 101 Freeway, and Highway 33 in which shots Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara City College To Start Charging For Currently Free Adult Education Classes

Thu, June 21, 2012

Santa Barbara City College is going to start charging for many of its currently free adult education classes. The District Board of Trustees voted to start phasing in fees this fall, as part of its effort to stabilize its budget, which has been hit hard by state funding cuts. There was debate over the timing Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara School District To Take Second Crack At Getting Voters To Approve Parcel Tax Extension

Thu, June 21, 2012

Two proposed Santa Barbara School District parcel tax extensions failed to get enough support in this June’s primary election, but the school board is now considering a second attempt in November. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story: Santa Barbara Schools Parcel Tax Proposal


Algae In Nature Preserve Causing Major Stench On South Coast

Thu, June 21, 2012

It’s a periodic, stinky problem which occurs in Santa Barbara. People who live near, or travel by the Andree Clark Bird Refuge need no notification it’s occurring, because you can smell it. Algal bloom, and decay in the 29 acre bird sanctuary are creating a powerful stench. Santa Barbara officials say it’s been a periodic Read the Rest…


Victim, Murder Suspect Identified In Apparent Murder-Suicide In Ventura County

Wed, June 20, 2012

Authorities are now identifying the victim, and the man they believe was the killer in a murder-suicide in Ventura Count. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 17000 block of East Telegraph Road, outside of Santa Paula around 10 a.m. Sunday, by reports of a fight in progress. They arrived to find the body Read the Rest…


Plans For Public Memorial Service Announced For Former Santa Barbara County Supervisor, Community Leader

Wed, June 20, 2012

Plans have been announced for a public memorial service for a former Santa Barbara County Supervisor, and environmental activist who died earlier this month. Naomi Schwartz died June 4th, following complications from surgery. She was a former schoolteacher who served three terms as county supervisor, and was active in numerous community projects, including environmental and Read the Rest…


Voters To Decide Whether They Want Extra Protection For Agland In One Santa Barbara County Community

Wed, June 20, 2012

Voters in one Santa Barbara County community will get the chance to decide whether they want to provide extra protection for agricultural land. The Goleta City Council last night decided to put a measure on the ballot pushed by some community members which would require a public vote on proposals to rezone any parcels of Read the Rest…


Libertarian Party Vice Presidential Candidate Brings Campaign To Ventura County

Wed, June 20, 2012

Every day, the media frames the U.S. presidential race in terms of Obama versus Romney. While political experts say the reality is they are the front runners, they are by no means the only candidates. The Libertarian Party is fielding a ticket with two former Republicans. Today, Libertarian Party Vice Presidential candidate James Gray is Read the Rest…


Prosecutors Say Con Man Agrees To Five Year Sentence For Using Bad Checks To Buy New Vehicles In Ventura, Santa Barbara

Wed, June 20, 2012

A man prosecutors say used a string of bad checks to buy new vehicles in Ventura and Santa Barbara County, and to dupe some new relatives has agreed to a five year jail sentence. Ryan Barba of Chino pled guilty to charges including grand theft auto, forgery, and burglary as part of a plea deal Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Faces Multiple Charges For Vandalism Spree

Wed, June 20, 2012

A Ventura County man is facing multiple charges, after a vandalism spree which affected businesses, and a Boys and Girls Club in eastern Ventura County. Ventura County Sheriff’s investigators say over the last two months, Jose Betancourt attacked multiple locations in the Moorpark area, causing thousands of dollars in damage as he sprayed them with Read the Rest…


Two Boys Injured In Ventura After Vehicle Police Say Was Being Driven By Drunk Driver Hits Them

Wed, June 20, 2012

Two boys are lucky to be alive this morning, after they were hit by a vehicle Ventura Police say was being driven by a drunk driver. It happened at around six yesterday morning, near Ventura Avenue, and Sunnyway Drive in Ventura. Police say Garrett Ehritt was driving north on Ventura Avenue, when he veered left Read the Rest…


New Ventura County Grand Jury Report Critical of City Of Ventura Building Code Compliance Efforts

Tue, June 19, 2012

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report is calling the City of Ventura’s building code enforcement process abusive, and claims that the City Council directed that building safety concerns be used to generate revenue. KCLU’S Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Ventura County Grand Jury/City Of Ventura Code Compliance


Victim In Fatal Shooting Outside Of Oxnard Restaurant Identified

Tue, June 19, 2012

Authorities are now identifying a man shot to death outside of an Oxnard restaurant. Joseph Jimenez was fatally wounded Sunday night on the 100 block of East Fifth Street. The 28 year old Ventura County man died at the scene. There were a number of potential witnesses in the area at the time of the Read the Rest…


Ventura County Finalizes $1.7 Billion Dollar Budget

Tue, June 19, 2012

Ventura County might be able to show the state a thing or two about coming up with a new budget, approving a 1.7 billion dollar spending plan which was able to avoid major program, or job cuts. There was no major controversy during the public hearing process leading up to last night’s final vote by Read the Rest…


New Wildfire Study Shows Land Use Planning Should Be Considered In Reducing Future Brushfire Danger

Tue, June 19, 2012

We live in wildfire country. From the Tea, and Jesusita brushfires in Santa Barbara County, to monster blazes which burned across the Santa Monica Mountains, from Thousand Oaks to Malibu, the blazes destroyed hundreds of homes, and changed lives forever. A research study says we need to look past fire prevention techniques, like clearing brush, Read the Rest…


Historic Santa Barbara Hotel Being Torn Down

Tue, June 19, 2012

A historic Santa Barbara hotel that’s in bad shape is finally being taken down by demolition crews. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story: Santa Barbara Hotel


Sting Operation Targets People With Suspended Drivers Licenses In Ventura County

Tue, June 19, 2012

You’d think that having a Ventura County judge tell you that you’re not to drive, because your license has been suspended or revoked would sent a clear enough message to some people in trouble for DUI charges, or other serious offenses. But, Oxnard Police found it wasn’t enough for close to a dozen drivers. They Read the Rest…


Ventura Fire Investigators, Police Looking For Arsonist

Mon, June 18, 2012

Ventura Fire investigators, and police are looking for an arsonist responsible for a string of fires Monday night at a park, and two schools. The arsonist targeted vending machines at Blanch Reynolds Park, Ventura High School, and Balboa Middle School, starting fires in all three places between five, and six p.m. The fires were quickly Read the Rest…


Oxnard Man Killed In Traffic Accident Now Being Identified

Mon, June 18, 2012

Authorities are now identifying a man who died after the car he was driving went out of control in the Camarillo area, and flipped upside down into a ditch. Eric Gonzales of Oxnard died just after 7 a.m. yesterday, on Los Posas Road, near Hueneme Road. The CHP says the westbound vehicle suddenly skidded across Read the Rest…


Ventura County Grand Jury Raising Questions About City Of Port Hueneme Water Bills

Mon, June 18, 2012

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report is questioning whether one city in the county has improperly created a new tax on water service. In a new 26 page report, the grand jury notes that in 2009, the City of Prt Hueneme went though the election process as required by Proposition 218 to increase water Read the Rest…


Two Students Honored With Scholarships Created To Remember UCSB Student Killed By Great White Shark

Mon, June 18, 2012

Two UC Santa Barbara students have been honored with scholarships created in the memory of a UCSB student, who died in a shark attack. Lucas Ransom was fatally injured in October of 2010, while boogie boarding at Surf Beach, which is a public beach at Vandenberg Air Force Base. He was attack by what witnesses Read the Rest…


UCSB Researchers Say We’re Learning More About How Brain Guides Motor Actions

Mon, June 18, 2012

Every day, we perform actions like typing in a computer password, or dialing a phone number without giving them a second thought. But, how does our brain process information like this, and turn it into movements? KClU’S Lance Orozco reports some UC Santa Barbara researchers say a study is proving new insight into what’s know Read the Rest…


Authorities Looking For Gunman Following Shooting Death Of Man Outside Of Ventura County Restaurant

Mon, June 18, 2012

Detectives say they think they’ve identified a gunman in the shooting death of a man outside of an Oxnard restaurant. Police were called to the 100 block of East Fifth Street in Oxnard just after 9:30 last night, by reports of a shooting outside of the Super Taco restaurant. They found a 28 year old Read the Rest…


Fire In Los Padres National Forest Contained

Mon, June 18, 2012

A fire in a part of the Los Padres Natioanl Forest in Ventura County is now reported to be fully contained. The fire started Saturday afternoon in a remote northeastern part of the county, off of Highway 33 near the Lockwood Valley area. Some two dozen campers had to be evacuated. Firefighters used air tankers, Read the Rest…


Oxnard Man Killed When Vehicle Goes Out Of Control, Flips Into Ditch

Mon, June 18, 2012

An Oxnard man is dead, after the car he was driving went out of control in the Camarillo area, and flipped upside down into a ditch. It happened just after 7 a.m. yesterday, on Los Posas Road, near Hueneme Road. The CHP says the westbound vehicle suddenly skidded acoss the eastbound lane, and then flew Read the Rest…


Two Dead In What Authorities Are Calling Possible Murder-Suicide In Ventura County

Mon, June 18, 2012

Authorities this morning are still trying to unravel what they think was a murder-suicide in the Santa Paula area. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 17000 block of East Telegraph Road around 10 a.m. yesterday, by reports of a fight in progress. They arrived to find the body of a man lying in Read the Rest…


Reusable U.S. Air Force Space Plane Lands In Santa Barbara County

Sun, June 17, 2012

An unmanned, reusable plane which can fly into space, and land back on earth is on the ground in Santa Barbara County, after a 469 day flight. The X-37B was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida in March of 2011. It landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base early Saturday morning, after what are described as a Read the Rest…


New Santa Barbara County Grand Jury Report Questions County, City Oversight Of Housing Organization

Sat, June 16, 2012

A new Santa Barbara County Grand Jury report says the County, and the City Of Lompoc should have done more to oversee a failed housing agency in Lompoc. The report says that the Lompoc Housing and Community Development Corporation regularly overcharged tenants, and didn’t submit audited financial statements, yet there were no consequences. It says Read the Rest…


Unemployment Dips In Ventura And Santa Barbara Counties, Statewide

Sat, June 16, 2012

Unemployment continues a slight downward trend on the South Coast for the second month in a row. In Ventura County, the jobless rate went from 8.7% in April, to 8.6% in May. The drop was even more pronounced in Santa Barbara County, where it went from 7.7%, to 7.4%. Statewide, the jobless rate dropped from Read the Rest…


Man Gets Four Year Prison Sentence For Sexual Assault In Santa Barbara Parking Structure Elevator

Fri, June 15, 2012

A man who dragged an unconscious woman into a Santa Barbara parking structure elevator, and sexually assaulted her for about an hour has been sentenced to more than four years in state prison. Anthony Vasquez had pled no contest to rape, and sexual battery charges. The 19 year old man might have gotten away with Read the Rest…


Women Sentenced To Prison For Identity Theft Ring Targeting Non-Profits In Ventura, Los Angeles Counties County

Fri, June 15, 2012

A Los Angeles County woman has been sentenced to two years in prison for her role in an identity theft ring which targeted non-profit groups in Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties. Roseanne Verzosa of Canyon County received the sentence after pleading guilty to three counts of felony identity theft, and one count of possessing a Read the Rest…


$4.2 Million In Marijuana Seized In Raid On Santa Barbara County Beach

Fri, June 15, 2012

Authorities have made the third big marijuana seizure in less than a week off the South Coast, as officers from a half dozen agencies intercepted more than four million dollars worth of the drug unloaded from a boat at an isolated Santa Barbara County beach. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit, along with Read the Rest…


Mother Of Santa Barbara Teen Who Was Alleged Victim Of Multiple Sexual Abuse Incidents Arrested For Prostitution

Fri, June 15, 2012

There’s been another twist in the investigation involving a Santa Barbara teenager police say was molested by three different men. The 13 year old girl’s mother has now been arrested on a prostitution charge. Detectives visiting the victim’s home to investigate a possible fourth case of molestation involving the girl observed a man who was Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Based Apartment Group To Become Largest In State To Totally Ban Smoking

Fri, June 15, 2012

A Santa Barbara County based apartment group is the largest in the state to ban smoking in all of its units. KCLU’S Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Towbes Group Bans Smoking In Apartments


Authorities Concerned About Appearance Of Synthetic Drugs In South Coast Teen Community

Fri, June 15, 2012

if you’re a parent, or grandparent, you’re going to want to hear this story. A new wave of synthetic drugs is turning up among teenagers, and at some of our schools on the South Coast. The drugs have catchy names, like “Spice/K2,” and “Bath Salts,” and perhaps even more importantly, they don’t look like illicit Read the Rest…


Ventura County Health Officials Think They Have A Lid On Tuberculosis At Oxnard School

Fri, June 15, 2012

Ventura Public Health officials think they’re getting the upper hand on tuberculosis concerns stemming from an Oxnard middle school, where a student had a potentially contagious form of the disease. Last week, a student at Fremont Intermediate School was discovered with TB. Health officials launched a testing, and education program for parents, and school staff Read the Rest…


Bankruptcy Could Affect Inter-Community Bus Service In Ventura County

Fri, June 15, 2012

Some commuter bus service on the South Coast could be disrupted later this month, because the contractor who provides it for the Ventura County Transportation Commission is in bankruptcy. Commission officials say they’ve been notified by Coach USA representatives that Coach plans to terminate operations of the VISTA service June 30th. Transportation Commission officials say Read the Rest…


Security Guard Accused Of Stealing Pro Baseball Memorabilia From School Campus he was Supposed To Be Guarding

Thu, June 14, 2012

A security guard is facing felony burglary, and petty theft charges after Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies say the man stole pro baseball memorabilia from a school campus he was supposed to be guarding. Deputies responded to an alarm just after 12 a.m. today in the gym at Lakeview Junior High School, in Orcutt. They Read the Rest…


Drug Lab Discovered At Scene of Ventura Apartment Complex Explosion, Fire

Thu, June 14, 2012

Authorities say a drug lab has been discovered at the scene of an explosion, and fire at a Ventura apartment complex which left a teenager with serious burns. The incident was reported just before six last night, in an eight unit apartment building on the 700 block of South Hill Road. Ventura firefighters were able Read the Rest…


City Of Goleta Looking At Permanent Home For City Hall

Thu, June 14, 2012

The City of Goleta may soon have a permanent home for its city hall, instead of being a tenant in a building. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story: Goleta City Hall Proposal


Goleta Schools To Get New Superintendent

Thu, June 14, 2012

A Santa Barbara County school district has reached out to San Diego County to find a new superintendent. The Goleta Union School District hired Bill Banning for the post. Banning had been an educator for more than three decades, and is currently an assistant superintendent with the Solana Beach School District. Following a nationwide search, Read the Rest…


Surge In Drug, Human Trafficking At Sea In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties Big Concern For Public Safety Officials

Thu, June 14, 2012

An army of local, state, and federal public safety officials are gathered in Ventura County to look at ways of dealing with the increasing problem of dug smuggling, and human trafficking into the region by sea. It’s one of the big topics at a three day training effort, and drill involving some 30 agencies. KCLU’s Read the Rest…


Head Of Water District Serving Parts Of Region Announces Retirement Plans

Thu, June 14, 2012

The head of a major water district serving parts of our region has announced his retirement plans, after some 16 year years with the district. John Mundy says he’ll step down as General Manager of the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District in December. He’s headed the district since 2003. Mundy says he wanted to announce Read the Rest…


Eight Arrested For Repeated Vandalism Of Railroad Cars In Ventura County

Thu, June 14, 2012

Eight men are facing vandalism charges, following a string of incidents involving railroad cars in Ventura County. Authorities say the vandals were tagging the rail cars in Port Hueneme. In an investigation involving Port Hueneme Police, and other agencies, investigators recovered cell phones with evidence of the tagging, as well as hundreds of cans of Read the Rest…


Fire Investigators Trying To Determine Cause Of Ventura Apartment Complex Fire Which Left One Injured

Thu, June 14, 2012

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of an explosion, and fire at a Ventura apartment complex which damaged two units, and left a teenager with serious burns. Ventura firefighters were called to the 700 block of South Hill Road just before 6 p.m. yesterday. They found a fire in one unit of the eight Read the Rest…


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